Barnard, Vermont

Ideal for: Skiers, Outdoor Adventurers, Wellness Travelers

With a population of less than 1,000, Barnard is a small New England town offering a secluded retreat just 3.5 hours away from Boston. The town dates back to the 1700s and is famously known as the home of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sinclair Lewis, who purchased 300 acres of land in Barnard in 1928. Today, you’ll find the all-inclusive, five-star Twin Farms Resort on that same plot of land. The area is host to an abundance of outdoor activities across all seasons.

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The cozy town of Barnard offers a peaceful retreat from everyday life with plenty to do year-round. Hit the slopes at nearby ski areas in the winter, while Silver Lake State Park is a local favorite for swimming and fishing in the summer. Go for a hike on the famed Appalachian Trail or ride through Green Mountain National Forest. In the fall, there’s nothing more spectacular than seeing the leaves bursting in bright colors. History buffs will love Woodstock, just 10 miles down the road and home to historic sites dating back to the 1700s. No matter how you spend your trip, you're sure to enjoy the beautiful countryside and rich history of central Vermont.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
  • Average High Temperature
    79℉ in summer; 32℉ in winter
  • Peak Season
    Summer for hiking and fishing, winter for skiing
  • Base Elevation
    Approx. 1,200 feet above sea level
  • Time Zone
    Same as NYC

Destination Highlights


  • Silver Lake State Park

    With easy access from town, Silver Lake is a popular destination year-round. In the summer, locals love spending the day swimming, fishing, and picnicking, while the winter is great for ice fishing and ice skating.

  • Barnard General Store

    The Barnard General Store has been a town staple since first opening its doors in 1832. There's a bakery, deli, and a few other food items but the real draw here is the restaurant—rumor has it the pancakes here are the best in the state.

  • Outdoor Activities

    Barnard is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. The town is within an hour of ski areas like Killington Ski Resort, cross-country skiing in Woodstock, and fishing at Silver Lake—not to mention the abundance of hiking and mountain biking trails.

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Weather


  • Forecasting Your Barnard Vacation

    Due to its location in the northeast part of the United States, summers in Barnard are fairly mild and winters can be very cold. July is usually the warmest month, averaging 81℉ and January is usually the coldest month, averaging 29℉. Precipitation stays steady throughout the year at about 3–4 inches per month, coming down as snow in the winter and rain in summer.

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